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Is It Too Late to Protect My Vehicle from Rust?

December 10, 2020

When it comes to protecting your vehicle from rust, it doesn’t matter how many miles are on it. If you want to keep your vehicle around for longer while also preserving its value, now’s the time to act. Don’t wait for the damage to be done to realize you should’ve had your vehicle protected a long time ago. 

What Is Rust, Exactly?

Rust on truck

Rust is the common name for iron oxide, a chemical com­pound that’s formed when iron is exposed to water and air. When moisture combines with the carbon monoxide in the air, this forms a weak carbonic acid that starts to break down the iron. At the same time, water is being broken down into its separate elements of hydrogen and oxygen. When the oxygen atoms meet and bond with the iron atoms, iron oxide – or rust – results.

Why is Rust Bad for Your Vehicle?

While iron and iron alloys are very strong metals, rust makes them extremely brittle. Flaking and crumbling iron oxide can jeopardize the safety of yourself and your passengers while on the road, and this is especially true during colder months. Ice-melting agents like road salt only help to speed up this chemical reaction from happening on your car’s undercarriage and other exposed areas.

What Can You Do to Protect Your Vehicle from Rust?  

The best way to protect your vehicle from the damage brought on by rust is to have a Ziebart rust protection performed. This will ensure that the vulnerable areas of your vehicle, including the hood, all body panels and the trunk, are sealed. A thick, abrasive-resistant undercoating solution is also applied to your vehicle’s undercarriage, protecting its most exposed areas from moisture, dirt, salt and more.

With a Ziebart rust protection, you can be confident that you’ve protected your second biggest investment, your vehicle.  

To increase the value of your vehicle, drive it for longer and keep it looking like new, contact your local Ziebart today.

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